Opportunities for Volunteers
Teachers request volunteers for a wide variety of roles unique to each classroom. Teachers provide on-the-job training for the roles they have described.
View Classroom Volunteer Requests submitted by our teachers
School Reading Partners
Volunteers who are part of the School Reading Partners program support reading instruction in our early elementary and pre-kindergarten classrooms by giving children more opportunities to explore books and language. Volunteers read selected books with children and then use them to guide the child in discovery-based activities that reinforce early literacy skills. Volunteers tutor students at least once a week for one-hour sessions, during school hours (8:00 AM to 2:30 PM), though twice a week is preferred. After-school placements are also available. In addition, we have Spanish School Reading Partners, which pairs bilingual volunteers with students whose first language is Spanish or students in a dual language school to help them learn to read. We also have Mandarin School Reading Partners at Glenwood. All Reading Partners are required to attend a training session prior to placement.
EL volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups with students who are beginning to learn English. At the elementary level, volunteers engage students in simple interactions in English by looking at books, reading with students, or by assisting teachers with classroom activities and assignments. At the middle school and high school levels, volunteers help with reading, writing, and vocabulary in core subjects, and with developing academic skills in English. Volunteers are not required to speak a second language and are expected to attend a training session prior to placement.
Volunteers assist in a variety of day-to-day library operations. This may include helping to shelve books, supporting students with book circulation, reviewing daily holds, organizing shelves, helping with library displays, and organizing and processing new materials. Volunteers are expected to attend a brief orientation at the Volunteer Office prior to volunteering.
Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BRMA) - Mentors
This program matches adults who act as one-on-one mentors with children from our school district. Mentor-advocates partner with their mentee's family and school staff members in a combined effort to unlock a child's potential. Volunteers make a two-year, two-hour per week commitment to a child. In addition, mentors receive 15 hours of pre-service training and additional support resources throughout the duration of their commitment.
Visit the BRMA website.
Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate (BRMA) - Tutors
Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Tutors work one-on-one with middle or high school students once or twice a week during their study periods or after school. Tutors help develop students’ study skills and academic confidence in all areas, while providing support with homework, tests, and projects in one or two specific subjects.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Tutors
AVID is a rigorous approach to college readiness that closes the opportunity gap by teaching students the skills and strategies they need to succeed in school and beyond. AVID tutors facilitate small study groups during specific AVID class times at the middle and high schools, tutor individual students in core academic subjects, and assist AVID teachers.
Learn more about AVID.
First Day Friends
Volunteers who are fluent in a second language can be First Day Friends. In this role, a volunteer will be a friendly guide to a student that does not speak English on their first day entering school. Volunteers are called by school staff for 1-2 hours to help ease the student into the school routine while they make the adjustment to American schools. Complete the registration form and indicate your interest in becoming a "First Day Friend."
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the opportunities listed above, please visit the How to Become a Volunteer page.